East of Nador, the coast is a mix of salt marsh and sand dunes, which attracts a wide variety of birdlife, including the greater flamingo. Two scruffy towns, Kariat Arekmane and Ras El Maa, lie on the Rocade (N16) eastwards to Saïdia, which affords good views of the Islas Chafarinas, the last bit of Spain on the northern coast. Arekmane has a new corniche but no further development yet. The beach, with its fishing boats, is full of rubbish, and the wetlands inland of the corniche are in danger of disappearing.
Ras El Maa, also known as Cap de l’Eau, is faring better. The pedestrianised corniche has a few small restaurants and a beautiful beach. The wetlands around the Moulouya rivermouth west of the small town are Ramsar-protected, making them a prime birdwatching area, especially for migrant fowl and waders from Europe.